Varanus spenceri


A medium to large-sized monitor which can grow to a total length (including tail) of up to 120cm. Generally heavier than similar-sized monitors of another species due to its “stockier” build. It has sharp claws which it uses for digging burrows as this monitor is not known for climbing.


Spencer's Monitor occupies the black soil plains of north-western Queensland, their range extends from the Barkly Tablelands to the eastern parts of the Northern Territory.

Oakvale Distribution Maps Spencers Monitor
Spencer's Monitor Distribution Map


The lifespan of many of our reptiles has not been studied in great detail, many are considered to live an average of 20 - 30 years.


Up to 1.2m in length and weigh up to 6kgs.


This species of Monitor is known to eat venomous snakes, small mammals, small lizards, eggs, and carrion (dead animals), and is able to digest anything it eats.


The Spencer's Monitor is native to the Barkly region in Central Queensland and the Northern Territory in Black soil plains.


A female will lay a clutch of eggs that generally ranges between 11 - 30 eggs.